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Professional Certificate


Legal Studies Institute


A Paralegal Certificate from FIU Online will prepare you for the job market, with career-focused courses and a support staff that is there to guide you every step of the way. Our fully online program’s curriculum is based on the NALA and the American Association for Paralegal Education curricula for paralegal education. This ensures that our students are receiving an education on par with the best paralegal programs in the United States.

This comprehensive program may be completed in three trimesters: Fall, Spring and Summer, and students earn their Paralegal Certificate in 12 months. Students can begin the program at the start of any trimester. After successful completion of the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from Florida International University. The online Paralegal Certificate Program is a non-credit professional program.

Why Apply?

Paralegals continue to gain a growing range of tasks in the nation's legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. The paralegal profession has become a formally established and recognized career path, with significant income earning potential. Taught by highly credential and experienced faculty, the Online Paralegal Certificate Program is fully online and can be completed in just one year, with job placement and internship opportunities available for local students. Unique among paralegal programs, here's what sets apart the FIU Online Paralegal Certificate program:

  • Developed with the Legal Studies Institute (LSI) at FIU, which has offered comprehensive professional development programs for more than three decades
  • A comprehensive online program that offers a purely legal education
  • Online program curriculum based on the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)
  • Four-year degree not required, our program accepts students with a high school diploma or equivalent


The online program is taken over three trimesters and covers 12 law-related subjects that make up the foundation of a solid legal education. The curriculum will fully prepare you for the competitive job market with current, comprehensive material. Trimesters begin in January, May and September. Each trimester consists of four units and upon completion of each unit the student must pass a final exam in order to continue to the next unit. Each course is one month in duration and must be completed before beginning the next course in the trimester. Students must complete and pass the core courses (Trimester I) before registering for the following trimester.

First Trimester

Introduction to the Legal System
Legal Writing
Legal Research
Civil Procedures

Second Trimester

Criminal Law/Evidence
Family Law
Estates and Trusts

Third Trimester

Business Organizations
Real Estate
Constitutional Law


Application Requirements

Prospective students must complete an application form and submit it along with two letters of character reference, a resume, and the appropriate fees to the FIU’s Legal Studies Institute. Students may apply by registering and submitting their documentation online.

Upon receipt of your documentation, you will receive an e-mail confirming admission into the program, followed by additional e-mails providing a registration form, your password and access information and course schedule. 

The one-time payment of $25 for the application fee is non-refundable. The application fee of $25 application will be waived for active FIU students, alumni, faculty and staff with proof.

Registration Information

Mail, Fax, or In-Person: To apply/register/pay by mail, fax or in-person, please complete the application and registration forms shown above and submit with your payment to:

FIU - Legal Studies Institute 
Florida International University 
Modesto A. Maidique Campus 
11200 SW 8 Street 
RDB 1003 
Miami, Florida 33199 
Fax: 305-348-2030

Tuition & Aid

The tuition fee is $2,300 per trimester, which must be paid at time of registration.

All paralegal students are also required to obtain access to Westlaw in order to conduct research for their online courses. Access to Westlaw costs $195 and will be added to the first trimester fees. It is valid for one calendar year from date of activation.

Payment Policy

  • Payments for tuition and fees are payable online. 
  • All payments must be made in full on or before the Friday prior to the day the semester begins.
  • Payments are accepted in the form of either: credit card, check card, personal check, cashier's check, money order, or bank wire transfer (made payable to FIU-LSI). No cash will be accepted.
  • The $25 Application Fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Loans are available to students who qualify through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility Rules for FAFSA:

  • Enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program (LSI)
  • US Citizen (males registered with Selective Service)
  • Eligible Non-Citizen (US permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card; Conditional permanent resident, I-551C; Other eligible noncitizen with an Arrival-Departure Record, I-94, from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee,” “Asylum Granted,” “Indefinite Parole,” “Humanitarian Parole,” or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”
  • A citizen of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia

LSI Students who are ineligible for aid through FAFSA may consider applying for private educational Loans through various lenders. Click here for information on Private/Alternative Loans and commonly used lenders.

Refund Policy

A student may request a refund of the Course Fee only as provided below:

  • A full Course Fee refund (100 percent) may be granted for a course if written request has been submitted to the LSI registrar via e-mail to: legal@fiu.edu provided such written request is submitted on or before the DROP/ADD date which usually takes place during the second week after classes begin. (See the LSI Academic Calendar for the exact date of your particular program).
  • No refund will be granted for a refund request received by the LSI registrar after the DROP/ADD deadline.
  • Note: Failure to submit a timely request to the LSI registrar stipulates your personal financial liability for the course(s).

@ A Glance

per trimester
  • Fully online certificate

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